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for August 2016

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Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Examines the Gut Microbiome
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews examines how our microbial ecosystem drives health and disease while Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, MACC, discusses the relationship between microbiota and inflammation in the Editor’s Corner. Also in this issue, Andrew Freeman, MD, writes about the ACC’s recent efforts in innovation and CEO of the World Heart Federation, Johanna Ralston, MBA, MPH, discusses the importance of addressing cardiovascular disease on a global scale. See the full issue at

Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions Takes a Valve Tour
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions takes readers on a tour around the heart, stopping at all four valves to highlight new findings. In the issue’s Editor’s Corner, Peter C. Block, MD, FACC debates the use of the transradial or transfemoral approach to catheterization. Elsewhere in the issue, Dominick Angiolillo, MD, PhD, FACC, discusses the Crush Study and Fellow-in-Training Ada C. Stefanescu Schmidt, MD, reflects on recent trials of bioabsorbable and bioresorbable stents. See the full issue at

JACC Leadership Page: Governance Transformation
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, president of the ACC, and Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Governance Committee, discuss the recent changes to the ACC governance structure and processes. They explain that the ultimate goal is to make the ACC more nimble, strategic, accountable and reflective of the diversity and breadth of the cardiovascular community. “This must be an iterative process, focused on doing the right things for the right reasons,” they write. “Devotion to purpose while maintaining flexibility and ongoing learning are of paramount importance.” Read more.

Special Issue of JACC Broadly Examines the Global Promotion of CV Health
A special issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), published Aug. 15, focuses on the promotion of cardiovascular health, including topics such as smoking cessation, dietary habits and medication adherence, and the prevention of cardiovascular disease and other related conditions. In his Editor’s Page, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, emphasizes the need for cardiovascular professionals to redirect their efforts toward cardiovascular health promotion, noting that “this change in approach may cause us to collaborate with unlikely allies, but as Picasso said, ‘Action is the foundational key to success.’” Read more highlights of the special issue on Read the full issue of the JACC Cardiovascular Health Promotion issue and listen to the audio commentary by Fuster.

Nominate Your Next ACC Trustees
Submit your recommendations for the slate of Trustees for the ACC by Oct. 16, 2016. Each Trustee will serve a three-year term, once renewable. The elections will take place at the Annual Business Meeting in March 2017 in Washington, DC. To learn more about the nomination process, head to Questions? Contact Stephanie Mitchell at 202-375-6446 or

NCDR Committee Nominations for 2017 Open Through Sept. 16
Increase your engagement with NCDR! Nominations for member positions on NCDR Committees are now open and will close on Friday, Sept. 16. Members are encouraged to review the open positions and may self-nominate or nominate a colleague. Take advantage of this opportunity to make an impact on the work of the College. Applicants will be notified of results in January 2017. Nominate yourself or a colleague at For FIT positions please complete the following survey: For questions regarding the 2017 NCDR Committee Nominations process please contact

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Top Science and Quality News

Last Call For Papers: JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging Randomized Trials in Imaging
JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging is calling for papers focused on randomized trials in cardiovascular imaging to highlight the role of rigorous, prospective outcomes-based science and imaging evidence in understanding, diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease. If accepted, papers will be published in a special themed print issue in March 2017. Interested authors should submit their papers online at by Sept. 6. On the submissions page, please select “Imaging RCTs” from the “Special Issues” pull-down menu. For questions or general inquiries, email

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Top Advocacy and Health Policy News

CMS Identifies LAAO Registry as Approved Registry to Meet NCD Requirements: CMS has identified the LAAO Registry™ as an approved registry to meet the requirements of the national coverage determination for Medicare patients undergoing percutaneous left atrial appendage closure. Launched in December 2015, the LAAO Registry is the first national registry capturing data on left atrial appendage occlusion procedures to assess real-world procedural outcomes, short and long-term safety, comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness. View the Coverage with Evidence Development webpage on Learn more on

MACRA: A New Era of Medicare Payment
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, commonly referred to as MACRA, replaces an outdated Medicare payment system, setting into motion two pathways in which clinicians will participate in order to receive Medicare payment: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. While the details of MACRA are still being ironed out, it’s important to understand this new era of Medicare payment and the four core components that clinicians will be measured on: quality, resource use, clinical practice improvement and meaningful use of certified electronic health records. To help members navigate MACRA and prepare for the release of the final rule this fall, the ACC has launched a series of articles and resources available through the MACRA Information Hub on Be sure to review this list of frequently answered questions to get up-to-speed on how MACRA will impact you and your practice. Read more on

ACC Statement Stresses Importance of EHR Interoperability
Participating in Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) – a unique collaboration of health care professionals and industry focused on improving the way computer systems in health care share information – is crucial to achieving electronic health record interoperability, according to a new ACC health policy statement developed in conjunction with several society partners and published Aug. 15 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “The lack of interoperability of health information technology prevents the field of health care from realizing the full potential of the Information Age that has revolutionized so many fields of human endeavor. Using internationally recognized standards, IHE provides a construct to create the technical frameworks to exchange health care data while maintaining the granular syntactic and semantic attributes needed to accommodate the needs of the diverse consumers of health care information,” write the authors. Read more on

ACCPAC Dinner With Leading Presidential Historian: On Sunday, Sept. 11, ACC Political Action Committee (ACCPAC), which serves as the political power behind ACC Advocacy efforts, will host a special reception and dinner with Michael Beschloss as part of the 2016 ACC Legislative Conference. Don't miss this historian and best-selling author's keen insights and fascinating anecdotes on the American presidency! ACCPAC's mission is to bring cardiovascular professionals from across the country together to shape future health care policies and protect patient access to quality, cost-effective care. The annual Legislative Conference dinner helps ACCPAC meet this critical goal. RSVP to Kendra Adams at Register for the 25th annual Legislative Conference by Aug. 31. First time attending the conference? Tune in for a webinar on Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET for tips on making the most of the sessions and visit to Capitol Hill. Register on

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Top Membership News

Nominations Now Being Accepted for ACC’s 2017 Distinguished Awards
Nominations are now open for ACC’s 2017 Distinguished Awards! The Awards Committee requests your assistance in identifying worthy candidates for 12 distinct awards. As you reflect on colleagues whose work has left a lasting mark on the profession, we encourage you to send a nominating letter addressed to the Awards Committee that summarizes the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) and that highlights accomplishments relevant to the award. Each nominating letter should be accompanied by another letter seconding the nomination, as well as the nominee’s CV. Nomination packets must be sent to the ACC by Sept. 26, 2016. Each nomination may be accompanied by up to 10 additional letters of support. Visit for more information on the awards and the nominations process. We invite you to join us at the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session, held March 17–19, 2017, in Washington, DC, during which the ACC’s distinguished awardees will be honored. The ACC will also be recognizing the recipient of the Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award, bestowed on an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular science, during ACC.17.

Is Your ACC Member Profile Up-To-Date?
The ACC wants to make sure it's sending members only the most relevant information. To that end, the College is encouraging all members to update their ACC profile, including contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Don’t miss out on the latest cardiovascular research, new clinical guidelines, advocacy updates, ACC news and member benefits. Update your profile online at

For FITs: Network With Mentors Through ACC's Member Sections
Did you know that FITs receive FREE membership in ACC's 19+ Member Sections? Select your Section preferences and unlock access to a community of professionals that share your specialty and/or interest areas. Gain leadership experience, network with leaders in the field and make progress on priorities that matter to you.

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Top Education News

Discover ACC’s New ACCSAP 9
ACC’s Adult Clinical Cardiology Self-Assessment Program (ACCSAP 9) has been rebuilt from the ground up, by cardiologists for cardiologists. This brand new and improved version includes information in text, audio and video format, supplemented with hundreds of case-based questions for use to create custom quizzes and simulate Board exams. Additionally, a new mobile app facilitates on-the-go learning with via phone or tablet, with or without an internet connection. Use ACCSAP 9 to identify knowledge gaps, reinforce existing knowledge, learn new information applicable in clinical practice, and more. Learn more at

Improve Your ECG Interpretation Skills With ECG Drill & Practice
The ACC recently launched a new ECG Drill & Practice tool for those preparing for initial Board certification in cardiovascular disease or just looking to hone their ECG interpretation skills. The product provides an opportunity for users to learn about identification of ECG abnormalities, practice what they just learned using flash card technology as well as challenge their ECG interpretation skills. The ECG Drill & Practice product incorporates the self-assessment ECG test, featuring format and answer options similar to those of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s certifying examination in cardiovascular disease. Visit to learn more.

Claim Your Credit from ACC.16
Don't forget to claim your credit or certificate of participation for ACC.16. Click here to access the Credit System, and review the instructions and frequently asked questions for more information. The remaining deadline for claiming certificates is:

  • CME/CNE Certificate and Certificate of Participation: October 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
If you are not already logged in, you will need to enter your ACC username and password. If you need assistance, you may contact the Resource Center by email at or phone at 800-253-4636 ext. 5603 (Toll Free, US & Canada) or 202-375-6000 ext. 5603 (Outside US & Canada).

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For Patients – CardioSmart

Download Now the Congenital Heart Defects Infographic
One out of every 100 Americans are born with some type of congenital heart defects (CHD), making these the most common birth defects. There are at least 35 known types of heart defects, ranging from relatively minor issues to complex, life-threatening problems. Patient often struggle with understanding how CHD works but with the ACC’s CardioSmart Congenital Heart Defects Infographic you can now easily explain the long-term CHD challenges and how to live well with CHD. CardioSmart’s infographic posters are ideal point-of-care graphics for your waiting and exam rooms, and can be downloaded for free at

Sleep Apnea Infographic Now Available
Sleep apnea affects 18 million Americans, yet most adults don’t know they have it. Four out of five cases go undiagnosed because patients simply ignore it. Help your patients better understand this condition with ACC’s CardioSmart Sleep Apnea Infographic that offers easy-to-follow format. CardioSmart’s infographic posters are ideal point-of-care graphics for your waiting and exam rooms, and can be downloaded for free at

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Digital ACC Resources

Listen to JACC Journals on the Go
Stay up-to-date on the most important science and emerging discoveries in clinical cardiology with JACC Journals Audio Summaries. JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology Editor-in-Chief David J. Wilber, MD, FACC, provide informative overviews of each issue, as well as in-depth commentary on the studies featured in their respective JACC Journals. Busy clinicians can easily download the summaries and listen on the go at or by searching “JACC Podcasts” in the iTunes store or through Android’s Player FM.

Get Easy Access to JACC Content on Your Phone or Tablet Via the JACC Journals App
Use the JACC Journals App to access the latest research and clinical practice updates from the top-ranked family of JACC Journals. This single app puts all of your favorite content at your fingertips – and is accessible across all iOS and Android devices. The app lets you browse new issues, link to featured articles, and interact with figures, tables and multimedia content. The “My Reading List” feature allows you to save articles for offline reading; share via social media; email useful content; and much more! Download the app from the iTunes App Store or get it on Google Play today.

Free ACCEL Access for FITs
Did you know that Fellows in Training receive unlimited, complimentary access to ACC’s ACCEL audio journal. Sign up for this unique membership benefit here.

Stay In Touch With the ACC via Social Media
Stay in touch with the ACC and the latest clinical and advocacy news through ACCinTouch. ACCinTouch connects ACC members and those interested in cardiovascular news through popular social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Join each of these networks to connect with ACC members and those interested in cardiology. In addition to the ACC's main Twitter profile @ACCinTouch, the College also has a profile dedicated to advocacy-related news (@Cardiology). CardioSmart, ACC's patient education and support program, also has patient-centered cardiovascular news available through Facebook, Twitter (@CardioSmart), and YouTube. For more information about ACC’s social media channels, visit

ACC Archived Webinars
Did you know that you can find archived webinars from throughout the years from the ACC on As a member, you have access to this wealth of information here. To access them, you must have an log-in and use the confirmation code and webinar access link emailed to you once you. Questions? Contact ACC’s Resource Center at Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or resource

Download ACC’s Advocacy Action Mobile App
Be sure to download the ACC Advocacy Action mobile app to get easy access to ACC's advocacy priorities and timely talking points to share during congressional visits. The app was designed to help members engage with lawmakers and influence health policy. Download it today on iTunes (iPhone, iPad) and Google Play (Android devices).

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